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Quick Tips: 10 Things to Do if You Have COVID-19

Tips

  • Stay home.

    Don't go to school, work, or public areas. And don't use public transportation, ride-shares, or taxis unless you have no choice. Leave your home only if you need to get medical care. But call the doctor's office first so they know you're coming. And wear a mask.

  • Ask before leaving isolation.

    Follow your doctor's advice about when it will be safe for you to leave isolation.

  • Wear a mask when you are around other people.

    It can help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Limit contact with people in your home.

    If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom.

  • Avoid contact with pets and other animals.

    If you can, have a friend or family member care for them while you're sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

    Then throw the tissue in the trash right away.

  • Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze.

    Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Don't share personal household items.

    These include bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.

  • Clean and disinfect your home every day.

    Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays.

  • If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to relieve fever and body aches.

    Read and follow all instructions on the label.

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Current as of: September 23, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine